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HOORAY FOR 12/12/12!!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

If I were engaged, I'd probably tie the knot today doing things 12 times. (smiling) Will do fun things at 12 noon - just for fun.

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 12/13/2012 12:29AM

    emoticon Happy 12-12-12 to you too! Hope you had fun doing fun things at 12 noon 12 times. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/12/2012 10:19PM

    I heard a lot of people did get married. LOL.

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JIBBIE49 12/12/2012 7:04PM

    12-12-12 is a great Sagittarius day, so have FUN. We only get to live it ONCE. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/12/2012 6:18PM

    Happy 12-12-12 to you too emoticon emoticon

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 12/12/2012 3:20PM

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NORWOODGIRL 12/12/2012 3:15PM

    Great idea! Too late for tying the knot. Hmmm. Have to think of other fun things instead.

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WALLAHALLA 12/12/2012 1:45PM

    You just inspired my to do some strength training with sets of 12 reps!

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_LINDA 12/12/2012 12:32PM

    Enjoy your Dozen Delights! emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 12/12/2012 12:23PM

    I was thinking that today would be a great day to have a baby!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/12/2012 12:19PM

    What a clever rascal! 12:12 it is!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/12/2012 12:07PM

    Instead of 12 noon...how about 12:12 pm?

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LIVINGFREE19 12/12/2012 10:53AM

    This is such an awesome day!
I hope you have a beautiful day, my friend!
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NATPLUMMER 12/12/2012 10:42AM

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Smart Meter Radiation

Monday, December 10, 2012

About a year ago, the local utility company installed "smart meters" outside the homes in my neighborhood without consent by the individual residents. Mine is nearby my bedroom and my neighbor's is very close since the houses have little space between them. I didn't think much about this, but over time, I've begun having symptoms that I just couldn't pinpoint the causation.

Then the news items began popping up about the severity of things that people were experiencing from the radiation produced by the smart meters. Honestly, I think that's where a lot of my problem lies, but here's the rub.

They are charging a significant fee to remove the meters, plus a monthly charge. Then, even if I had mine taken away, my neighbor's is still close by. The only alternative I have at the moment it to sleep in the living room, which is not a very practical solution. Perhaps I'll get a sofa bed after the holidays and try that. I don't know. I'll cut and paste a bit of the recent article I read. It goes on, after this paragraph, to describe the fees and charges.

"This news will, despite its shortcomings, be welcomed by those who are suffering from radiation effects, including headaches, dizziness, ringing of the ears, heart palpitations or arrythmias, nausea, and rf radiation sensitivities that began or increased following installation of the smart meters. Some that we have spoken with have been driven from their homes, including those residing in La Jolla, Coronado, Poway, and San Diego. Others have planned to sell and leave the state, unable to physically tolerate the smart meter's radiation emissions. Those living in hotels or their cars will be glad to know that there is a good chance they may not have to live with a smart meter on their home. This will not solve the problem of the close proximity to neighboring meters that are also an issue.
Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP), a CA nonprofit based in La Mesa, is a formal Party to the SDG&E opt-out proceeding, at the CPUC. The following comments related to CEP's filings on behalf of customers, pertaining to this opt-out were noted by Judge Yip-Kikugawa, in her decision, today:
CEP also opposes SDG&E’s preferred solution and argues that an analog
meter opt-out option should be offered. It maintains that a non-communicating
meter with interval read capability would not address concerns raised by those
customers who want an opt-out option that does not emit “electromagnetic
radiation... CEP also assert that since PG&E had stated that it was willing to
provide analog meters to its residential customers, SDG&E should also be
willing to do so."


I have to admit that I am an EMF-sensitive person; I even have to limit cell phone use to brief conversations as it gives me a headache. So, I have no doubt these meters are a huge problem.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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JILLYBEAN25 12/13/2012 1:33AM

    STUPID SMART METERS!!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/10/2012 9:43PM

    That really sucks! I'm sorry to hear this. It does sound like a class action law suit might happen as a result of this. I hope you can find a way for EMF's to not bother you so much.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/10/2012 9:19PM

    Ugh. I certainly hope we don't get these here. My bedroom is close to the meter.

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NORWOODGIRL 12/10/2012 9:19PM

    I'm glad there is an opt-out option. We have no choice here. If you want electricity, you have to have a smart meter. It was interesting to talk to an employee of the electrical company here. The smart meters were not the electric company's idea. Government - the politicians - forced it on them. (Again, this is Canada, so I can only speak to the issue here.)

You are very sensitive. Hope you can find a resolution!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/10/2012 7:34PM

    Why oh why is this allowed?! I'm so sorry you have to deal with this!

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CATLADY52 12/10/2012 5:37PM

    Thankfully I don't have any of the symptoms. emoticon

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DEBBY4576 12/10/2012 4:52PM

    My sister died of breast cancer. Four others in a one block perimeter got cancer about the same time. Although they refused to look at the evironment, since it was 30 years ago, I think they are trying a little harder now. Just a little. I have been in a study group of sisters that had sisters with cancer. They had tons and tons of questions about where we grew up (like near orange groves etc) and where we are now. Included was power lines and how close we live near them. Unfortunately, they don't give you the results of anything. Occasionally they have gotten discoveries from this research though. And sent those to us. I hope you can get this resolved. I will pray for it to be resolved.

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NATPLUMMER 12/10/2012 3:38PM

    Wow!! I'm glad I haven't had that problem with mine.
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JLITT62 12/10/2012 11:45AM

    Well, that really sucks! How maddening.

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WALLAHALLA 12/10/2012 10:18AM

    Seems like the company could be in for a class action law suit if very many people are effected by this.

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LIVINGFREE19 12/10/2012 9:56AM

    So sad to hear, my friend!
These companies only do things for the convenience for themselves, they don't think of other people. I hope you can find some peace and quiet somewhere.
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Reversing Soy Damage

Sunday, December 09, 2012

There are three things that I have realized are contributing to a very bad quality of daily life for me. I can honestly say that I have been puzzled as to what's up with me, aside from the "normal" stress level of current challenges. I'm not operating on all cylinders, let's just leave it at that.

I'm very sensitive to certain things like caffeine. Even though I drink one small mug of coffee, I hate the way caffeine makes me feel. One of my goals has been to get off the stuff in the near future. Since I've blogged about that, I'll leave that topic until I actually start th detox process. (I want to do this once and for all.)

The other thing that affects me are EMF's. I stay away from using cell phones as it gives me a headache, and try to limit other electronics that emit stuff. However, about a year ago, the local utility company installed a "smart meter" that has really caused me a lot of trouble. But I'll blog about that in the near future.

The third thing is soy. Sure, I have researched and understood the controversary around it. And in the past, I've mainly stayed away from it. But about two months ago, when embarking on this low carb eating regimen (I've lost 11 lbs since Nov 1), I started ingesting a LOT of soy. Shakes, food, etc.

Man, I began feeling so brain-fogged and other negatives - for no apparent reason. Not depressed in the way I know depression feels, but still heavy and a bit dark. The other day I sat down and took a long look at what changed in the past two months and came up with soy.

Then I got on the internet and researched; I found some women's posts about how they experienced extreme depression and medical websites also listed this possible side effect from soy. You know, today is day 4 of no soy, and I feel different already. Might be placebo, and certainly not a miracle since I still have caffeine and smart meter to deal with, but hey, better is better.

No more soy for me. Wishing all a happy day.

  
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ALEXSGIRL1 12/11/2012 3:46PM

    good for you for finding what is wrong and fixing it,

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/10/2012 9:17PM

    WE must be sisters. I don't tolerate caffeine either and cell phones. And I don't do soy as it causes me some problems. It affects the thyroid and causes me to have breast tenderness.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 12/10/2012 7:26AM

    It is all individual. Great you are discerning what causes problems for you and then can control/avoid it. Just wondering...... are you drinking enough fluid?
IT seems that I get brain fog if I am dehydrated, even a little.

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NORWOODGIRL 12/9/2012 6:20PM

    We are all an experiment of one. Each of us has to be our own guinea pig and figure out what is good for us and what is not. Congratulations on your research and for the discoveries that you've made!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/9/2012 5:29PM

    At least you were able to find out what the problem is and get it stopped!
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GMFAY33 12/9/2012 3:52PM

    I'm glad to see you investigating what is good for your body. We have so many choices that we still have a great variety to choose from.

Good luck!

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ROSEWAND 12/9/2012 3:19PM

    Brain fog can also be caused by low carbs.
Some of our brains need our carbs/serotonin
to function at high levels. I certainly do. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 12/9/2012 2:46PM

    good thing you track your stuff, so you could look back and pinpoint the culprit

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JLITT62 12/9/2012 1:00PM

    I think everyone is different in how they react to foods . . . for instance, I eat a fair amount of soy but it tends to be edamame or tofu or tempeh. And even then, it's not every day or multiple times a day. And mostly I stay away from highly processed soy dogs & stuff like that.

I think variety is one of the keys in getting our nutrients in - even if I do get stuck in some ruts!

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NATPLUMMER 12/9/2012 12:45PM

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Favorite Grocery Store Closing

Friday, December 07, 2012

A couple of days ago, it was announced that Fresh & Easy stores will probably be closing. Talk about a blow! It sounds silly to be upset over a seemingly silly thing like this, but this store has been one of the main reasons I've been able to eat so healthy at such reasonable prices.

I refuse to go back to the big chain stores with their high prices, preservative junk foods, and grouchy service. I'll explore the alternative markets, even though it'll mean traveling farther and planning for less frequent shopping.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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JLITT62 12/8/2012 9:44AM

    Not silly at all. I would definitely be upset at something like that!

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JUSTLLAMA 12/8/2012 12:25AM

    Well that sucks. :( I hope you find another place you like as well!

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MZZCHIEF 12/7/2012 11:45PM

    Ugh!
I can totally relate.
Here's to finding a new store soon.

: )
Mzzchief

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NORWOODGIRL 12/7/2012 8:58PM

    Good luck on your search! Post about what you discover.

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/7/2012 6:47PM

    in the summer try the farmers markets and now maybe an asian market, or another ethnic stare they usually have good produce

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RUNNER12COM 12/7/2012 5:41PM

    I'm surprised to read this. I thought they were doing well.

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KARENLEIGH32 12/7/2012 4:33PM

    :(

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/7/2012 3:46PM

    That's too bad. I was fortunate to have a Kroger's that was a little further away but a much better choice than Meijer's (expensive) and Walmart (utter crap, no variety and spoiled meats and freggies).

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MOM2ACAT 12/7/2012 2:26PM

    We had two nice grocery stores here years ago, but they went out of business when Walmart and Meijer came in; those are the only two places in town now to shop for groceries. I shop at Meijer but I miss the customer service at the grocery stores, they went the extra mile. At one store, they even carried the bags out and loaded the car for you.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/7/2012 1:41PM

    I'd be frustratd too. I hope the alternatives come through for you.

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ARCHIMEDESII 12/7/2012 1:23PM

    Something must be in the air. The same thing happened to a local small grocery store chain here in Boston. Johnny's Foodmaster had excellent prices. At first I thought they were only closing one location. Nope, they shut them all down. I was shocked !! I don't know why they closed. I didn't think they were having any financial problems because they were always busy.

Like you, I was seriously bummed out. It was a great store and now all those people are out of work. I heard that Whole Foods is taking over some of the locations. I love Whole Foods, but I can't shop there on a regular basis. it's just too expensive.

It really does stink. Try Trader Joe's. They won't have everything, but they do have good prices on the basics.





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_LINDA 12/7/2012 1:01PM

    So sorry you are losing your favorite store :( Here it is the big chains that have the cheapest prices and can bring in the highest volume of fresh produce because of the sheer volume of business. But I still prefer the very expensive Farmer's Market when its operational in the summer and fall. Our fresh produce season here is so very, very short :( I am discovering the next best alternative is frozen. Since they are frozen at the time of harvesting, at their best, it doesn't matter how far they come as long as they are frozen, unlike the 'fresh' stuff. Too bad you didn't have one of those Trader Joes stores that most Americans seem to rave about.
Good luck in finding something else as good or better..

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LIVINGFREE19 12/7/2012 12:56PM

    I hope you find a place to substitute for eating healthy.
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JILLYBEAN25 12/7/2012 12:53PM

    I've always shopped at Sprouts. I love their produce section! They have the prettiest produce around for really good prices. I've never had staff issues there, either. In fact, a few of them have gotten to know me over time, so I've always loved my trips there.

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NATPLUMMER 12/7/2012 12:00PM

    Boo!

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WALLAHALLA 12/7/2012 11:37AM

    Bummer....OR...
If you have to drive further, and less often, that SHOULD mean more planning ahead...which in turn should lead to greater success!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/7/2012 10:01AM

    I can totally relate. I mourn the loss of places like Borders which was one of my favorite stores and local eateries too. Unfortunately places like Wal-mart - which sucks - put them out of business. We don't have much of anything around here. No book store for 70 miles.

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BASKETLADY13 12/7/2012 9:49AM

    Have you considered pea pod or green bean delivery? They can bring fresh, often organic foods to you for less than some of the chain stores. It's something you might want to check into.

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WORSE THAN LABOR PAINS!?

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I want to be done with caffeine once and for all. Even though my only intake is one small mug in the morning, I don't like the way I feel with it. I've tried to do this detox before. Many times. I've tried the weaning slowly thing, cold turkey, and everything in -between. I have herbal teas for substitution and all sorts of tricks to use.

However, the detox process for me is excruciating. I mean, not just days and days with that awful headache, but severe flu-like aches that last for a week or more. But no one else seems to go through such pains when getting off of caffeine, until I heard this story on the radio a few weeks ago.

A local radio talk show host and his crew were talking about the Monster drinks in the news and they were comparing how much and what they drink as they were all highly-caffeinated. The news lady said that she gave up caffeine in the past when she learned she was pregnant. And that she had such severe pains that she was actually in bed over a week. Her conclusion made everyone laugh, but she wasn't joking when she concluded that it turned out that the caffeine withdrawal was worse than labor pains!

So, I'm not looking forward to detoxing. And I have recently tried weaning less each day. Doesn't work for me. Guess I just have to dive in and get her done once and for all. Tomorrow. (smiling)

Wishing all a good day.

  
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NANCY- 12/7/2012 7:29AM

    Yikes! It is amazing the impact stuff has on our bodies. Drink lots of water and be as active as possible to help rid your body of those toxins. Sometimes we just have to bite the bullet and take that leap of faith. Sure tough days may be ahead... but think of the benefits.

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-LINDA_S 12/7/2012 6:02AM

    Stay strong! You can do it! Maybe some regular tea would help you step down? Or that may just prolong the agony...

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KICK-SS 12/6/2012 7:25PM

    I drink a LOT of coffee throughout the day, but sometimes I feel like "the habit" is worse to stop than the caffeine itself. I have stopped before, but I feel I need to be having a cup of something, even if it were water.

However..... I truly do like coffee, so without any effects, I see no valid reason as to why I should stop drinking it. I do stop early afternoon though and don't drink coffee after about 3PM. (Unless I'm going to be up late).

I wish you well.... my DD has tried stopping before and she has an awful time. I know things affect people differently. Good luck to you!

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/6/2012 6:44PM

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LIVINGFREE19 12/6/2012 6:12PM

    I am so sorry to hear this my friend. I hope this ends up being easier somehow for you this time.
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CATMAGNET 12/6/2012 3:28PM

    Hang in there! Hope that it ends up being easier than you think.

Sometimes the anticipation is worse than the actual event, ya know. :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/6/2012 1:58PM

    I've done it. It is like labor in that once the worst is over it's worth it. Good luck!

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WALLAHALLA 12/6/2012 12:03PM

    You will definitely suffer from withdrawal, but hopefully the memory of it will keep you from ever going back.
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NORWOODGIRL 12/6/2012 11:43AM

    Wow! I hope this time is the charm and your pain is minimal and short-lasting. Wow!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/6/2012 11:00AM

    I hope you're able to stay somewhat comfortable. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/6/2012 10:49AM

    Good luck!!
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